Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

The BEST seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Every season ever - ranked by fan votes!

Bourdain traveled across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain took viewers off the beaten path of tourist destinations – including some war-torn parts of the world – and met with a variety of local citizens to offer a window into their lifestyles, and occasionally communed with an internationally lauded chef on his journey. We can all hope to find ourselves to enjoy a life as amazing as Anthony Bourdain did. Rest in peace.

Last Updated: 6/27/2022Network: CNN
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Season 12
star
9.00
2 votes

#1 - Season 12

First Aired 9/24/2018

The final episodes premiered Sunday, September 23 with a trip to Kenya Featuring W. Kamau Bell. The seven-episode season also includes trips to Indonesia, Texas, Spain, and New York City’s Lower East Side, plus two specials.

Season 8
star
8.83
6 votes

#2 - Season 8

First Aired 9/26/2016

Season eight began on Sunday, September 25 at 9pm ET/PT with a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam featuring dinner with president Barack Obama. The nine-episode season also features tours of Nashville, Sichuan, London, Houston, Japan, Minas Gerais, Buenos Aires, and Rome. 

Season 4
star
8.75
8 votes

#3 - Season 4

First Aired 9/29/2014

Season four of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, began on Sunday, September 28 at 9pm ET/PT with a tour of Shanghai, China.

Season 7
star
8.75
8 votes

#4 - Season 7

First Aired 4/25/2016

Season seven of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown began on Sunday, April 24 at 9pm ET/PT with the host’s tour of Manila, The Philippines. The seven-episode season also features trips to the Greek Islands, Chicago, Montana, Georgia, Cologne, and Senegal. Originally an eight episode season, what was to be the season finale (Buenos Aires) was moved to Season 8 when its original broadcast was pre-empted by coverage of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Season 9
star
8.75
4 votes

#5 - Season 9

First Aired 5/1/2017

6 continents. 4 Emmy Awards. Millions of fans. And now... frostbite. Season nine premiered on Sunday, April 30 2017 with a Latino-themed trip to Los Angeles. The eight-episode season also features tours of San Sebastian, Laos, Queens, NY, Antarctica, Oman, Trinidad and Porto, Portugal.

Season 2
star
8.73
11 votes

#6 - Season 2

First Aired 9/16/2013

CNN’s original series, ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’, which has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys in the 2013 competition, launched its second season on Friday, September 20 at 9pm, ET. The first episode, ‘Jerusalem’ features tours of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, marking the first time Bourdain has filmed in these locations. This season of the weekend lifestyle series also takes Bourdain and his crew into “parts unknown” within Spain, New Mexico, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and South Africa.

Season 6
star
8.71
7 votes

#7 - Season 6

First Aired 9/29/2015

Season six of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown began on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9pm ET/PT with the host’s tour of Cuba. The eight-episode season also featured trips to Marseille, Okinawa, Ethiopia, California’s Bay Area, Borneo, Istanbul and Charleston, S.C.

Season 1
star
8.67
15 votes

#8 - Season 1

First Aired 4/15/2013

The first season of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, hosted by the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality, premiered on Sunday, April 14, at 9pm, ET. The premiere episode of the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown offers an inside look at Myanmar. In his maiden voyage to the country formerly known as Burma, Bourdain and his crew discover the fabled beauty and local cuisines of a country that had been, up until recently, off-limits to outsiders. Further episodes include tours of Libya, Colombia, the Quebecois side of Canada, Koreatown in Los Angeles, Tangier, Peru and the Congo.

Season 3
star
8.64
11 votes

#9 - Season 3

First Aired 4/14/2014

Season three of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series began on Sunday, April 13 at 9pm, ET, with a look at the people, food, culture and history of India’s Punjab region. The eight-episode season also features excursions to Las Vegas, Lyon, France, Mexico City, the Mississippi Delta, Russia, Bahia, Brazil, and Thailand.

Season 5
star
8.63
8 votes

#10 - Season 5

First Aired 4/27/2015

Season five of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown began on Sunday, April 26 at 9pm ET/PT with twist – a tour of the forward-looking culture of South Korea with each scene presented in reverse order. The eight-episode season also features trips to Miami, Scotland, Madagascar, New Jersey, Budapest, Hawaii and Beirut.

Season 10
star
8.50
4 votes

#11 - Season 10

First Aired 10/2/2017

Season 10 began on Sunday, October 1 at 9pm ET/PT with a trip to Singapore. The eight-episode season also features tours of the French Alps, Puerto Rico, Lagos, Nigeria, Seattle, Sri Lanka, Pittsburgh, and southern Italy.

Season 11
star
7.40
5 votes

#12 - Season 11

First Aired 4/30/2018

Season 11 began on Sunday, April 29 at 9pm ET/PT with a trip to West Virginia, in a special extended episode. The eight-episode season also features tours of Newfoundland, Uruguay, Armenia, Bhutan, Berlin, U.S. Cajun country, and Hong Kong.